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Egyptian Interior Ministry: Six Militants Killed Near Bahariya

Egyptian Interior Ministry: Six Militants Killed Near Bahariya

Friday, 6 September, 2019 - 07:45
FILE PHOTO: Military forces are seen in North Sinai, Egypt, December 1, 2017. Picture taken December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

Six militants were killed on Thursday in a shootout with security forces near the Bahariya oasis southwest of the Egyptian capital, the interior ministry said. 

Police carried out a dawn raid against "terrorist elements" in a desert area near Bahariya, roughly 300 kilometers southwest of Cairo, the ministry said in a statement.

A shootout led to the death of six suspects, the ministry said, adding that a number of hunting rifles and four assault rifles were found at the site.

Extremists have launched several attacks in the vast desert area west of the Nile.

In October 2017, 16 policemen were killed and 13 injured in a shootout while raiding a terrorist hideout in Bahariya Oasis.

A month later, the authorities arrested and killed the militants involved in the attack.

Last year, Egypt's Prosecutor Nabil Sadek referred 43 suspects, including Libyan mastermind Abdel-Rahim Mohammed Abdullah, to military trial for their involvement in the Wahat terrorist attack.

According to investigators, the Libyan defendant was trained in military camps in Libya on the use of heavy weapons and the manufacturing of bombs.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Interior Ministry released 587 prisoners on Thursday in line with a decision taken by President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi on the occasion of Eid al-Adha.

A total of 234 inmates were given a presidential pardon, while 353 others were released on parole, a statement said.

On the same occasion, the ministry has released around 2,843 prisoners.

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